Be Still

Posted on November 1, 2013

Barely making ends meet in a financial recession, struggling in an unhappy marriage,  suffering with a chronic physical condition or mental disorder, worrying about a wayward child, or in the frustration of yet again succumbing to addiction, what is a person to do?  How does anyone find happiness when they feel stuck in a seemingly endless situation? While no one wishes for such situations, it is possible for peace to be found. The purpose of this article is to probe how we find contentment in God, even in the most unthinkable pain.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10, ESV)

The context of Psalm 46 is believed to be in reaction to the siege of Jerusalem by Assyrian ruler Sennacherib in the 8th century BC, as recorded in 2 Kings 18 and 19. In one fell swoop, the Angel of Lord killed 185,000 enemy soldiers, in one night (2 Kings 19:35). Psalm 46 is a testimony to the power and faithfulness of God crescendoing in the command of verse 10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Situations, like the siege of Jerusalem, can strip down any shred of self-reliance. We don’t know that God is all we need until He is all we have. The conflict between our expectations and realities is the point of surrender to God’s vision to our lives. Whether you struggle with anxiety, ADHD, anger, an eating disorder, or an addiction, craving God’s wisdom and power helps us realize that all of our efforts to meet our own needs are idolatry. When we are still, when we stop trying to figure out how to escape, we realize that God is God and we are not.

The implication of this scripture is that if I am still, He will be God–and, He is your God! So, how does one experience this scripture? Here are a few considerations:

  • Seeking God is the goal.
  • Create sacred space in your life for God to embrace you (Turn off the cell phone, log off of Facebook and Twitter, set aside anything that would distract you from focusing on God’s voice).
  • Ask yourself, “What’s stressing me out right now?” And, “What do I crave to make myself feel better?” Is it God or a just poor substitute?
  • Reflect on what you are learning in this time of suffering–just because it is painful does not mean that it pointless.

Just as pain comes with pregnancy, God is birthing a greater future for you. That greatness may not come from your own strength and prestige, but the outcome from this situation will be the perfect scenario to magnify God’s love. Even though some difficulties, seem to never end, through it all, somehow God will prove that He is God and He will be glorified.

Written by: Chris Denzler, MA

Chris is a Christian counselor whose primary goal is to desperately seek Christ and help others do the same. He has obtained a Bachelors of Theology from Gateway College of Evangelism as well as almost 8 years of experience ministering to others.

To see how he can help you, contact him at chris@groffandassociates.com or 317-474-6448 x 116.

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